Group Ski Holidays

Small 4-7

In some ways, booking a ski holiday for a smaller group is relatively straight forward as there are plenty of options for you and for the majority of time there will always be space in your chosen resort. However, if you are after a chalet for sole occupancy then you are better off booking early as small chalets are limited (there are only about five 4 bed chalets in the whole of the Alps! - 6 bed chalets however and slightly more common)

Alternatively, smaller groups may decide that they would prefer to be part of a larger chalet or chalet hotel where they can stay with like-minded holidaymakers. The shared chalet experience has proven to be very successful with groups of skiers returning year on year with the same group they met on their trip!


Mid 8-10

For medium sized groups, there are a host of 8-10 bed chalets throughout the majority of resorts across the Alps so if you are keen to book a sole occupancy chalet then there will be plenty of options for you.

Medium groups may also choose to book into a shared chalet, chalet hotel or hotel.


Large 11-14

Although there are plenty of large chalets across the alps, it is suggested that you book in advance so you can get your first choice resort and chalet.

Larger groups will generally prefer to have a chalet for sole occupancy so that they can have their own space but there is also the options of sharing a chalet or booking into a chalet hotel if you wanted to mix with like-minded travellers


Larger 15-22

It can be a difficult task to book a ski holiday for a larger group who may all be looking for something different from their holiday so it will be challenging to find something to suit everyone’s wants and needs.

If you are travelling on a peak date then it is highly recommended that you book in advance as large chalets do get booked up extremely quickly.


Big 23+

Booking a ski holiday for a big group can be relatively challenging if you are dealing with lots of people’s different requirements. It is essential that you book well in advance as there are very limited numbers of chalets available for such big numbers.


20-30

If you are a younger group, it is likely that you will be looking to go to a resort with a bit going on in terms of apres ski and nightlife. Many resorts have a host of bars both on and off the mountain so whether you are looking for an afternoon drink or a dance till the early hours we will be able to recommend the right resort for you.

Our top resorts for groups in their 20s are Val d’Isere, Meribel, Val Thorens, Les Deux Alpes and St Anton.


30-40

If you are a group of skiers in your 30s and you are looking for a vast ski area and somewhere to enjoy a drink or two after a day on the mountains then resorts such as Val d’Isere, Meribel, Alpe d’Huez and Morzine would be perfect!


40-50

For groups in their 40s, resorts such as Morzine and Chamonix are popular options. They offer vast and varied pistes and a good selection of bars and restaurants if you fancied an after ski drink.


50+

Groups over 50s will likely be after a big ski area but might be looking for a bit more peace and quiet in the town centre, avoiding herds of university students running riot around resort! Morzine, Courchevel. Chamonix, La Plagne and Les Arcs are all good options for groups over 50s.


Beginner

If it is your first time skiing or you have only been a few times then it is important that you choose a resort with a good beginner area and plenty of blue and green runs for you to be able to progress to. Many resorts have free nursery slopes which you can try out on your first few days before buying a full lift pass.
Our recommended resorts for beginner skiers include La Plagne, Les Arcs, La Rosiere, Alpe d’Huez and Morzine.


Intermediate

Intermediate skiers will have progressed from the nursery slopes but might not be ready to tackle the advanced pistes so will be looking for something in between. Resorts with a good mix of cruisy red and blue runs are ideal. These include Tignes, Meribel, Val Thorens and La Plagne.


Advanced

If you are a group of advanced skiers and are up for a challenge then you will want to head to a resort with a large ski area offering a good selection of steep runs.
Our recommended resorts for advanced skiers are Val d’Isere, Chamonix, St Anton and Verbier.


Off piste

For true powder hounds looking to explore off piste will want to head to a resort with a lot of terrain to explore.

If you are planning on heading off piste, make sure that you hire a guide and have the necessary avalanche equipment to ensure your safety on the mountains.

Some of the best resorts for off-piste terrain are Chamonix, Val d’Isere, St Anton, Verbier


Mixed ability

If you have a group with mixed skiing/boarding abilities, you are going to want to choose a resort that has a good mix of runs available. It is good to head to a resort which is part of a larger ski area so the beginners will be able to stay local and the intermediates and advanced members in the party will be able to explore the wider area and neighbouring resorts.

Some of the best resorts for groups with mixed abilities are Meribel, Tignes. Les Arcs and Val Thorens.


Apres ski/nightlife (partygoers)

For some groups, the apres aspect of the ski trip is just as important as the skiing itself. Whether you enjoy a casual quiet drink, dancing away on the tables, or staying out clubbing till the early hours, there is a resort for you.

Many resorts have a lot of choice in terms of bars and clubs but our favourites are Val d’Isere, Meribel and St. Anton.


Restaurants (foodies)

The catered chalet experience is fantastic for guests to be able to enjoy freshly prepared meals in the comfort of their accommodation, however if you are going self catered or want to enjoy somewhere special for lunches and the chalet hosts night off then picking a resort with plenty of good restaurant options will be a priority.

Fine dining in the Alps has become evermore popular over recent years with resorts having a host of gourmet and michelin starred restaurants, as well as a good balance of good value but equally tasty places.
Our top resorts for foodies are Val d’Isere, Courchevel, Kitzbuhel, Val Thorens and Morzine.


Activities (non-skiers)

If you are planning a ski trip with non-skiers in the group, or if certain members of the party don’t plan on skiing all day then you will want to pick somewhere that has a bit going on off the mountain.

Common non-skiing activities include ice skating, bowling, cinema, shopping, spa, snowshoeing and sledding.

The top resorts for non skiing activities are Val d’Isere, Chamonix, Zermatt, Avoriaz.


Shopping

Looking good on the mountains is not hard these days with resorts lined with shops selling the latest selection of ski wear and equipment.
If you are looking to treat yourself whilst in resorts then our top recommendations for shopping are Val d’Isere, Kitzbuhel, Courchevel, St Moritz and Verbier.


Spa (relax)

Pampering yourself can be the perfect way to end a long day on the slopes. Booking into a chalet or hotel with a hot tub / spa facilities may be top priority for you, however certain resorts have fantastic leisure centres and public pools, some of which are free entry with your lift pass or only a small fee.

Best resorts include Avoriaz, Alpe d’Huez, La Plagne and Val d’Isere.


Families

There are several factors for families to consider when choosing which resort is right for them.

When to go

Most families will be restricted to travelling during school holidays which are Christmas, New Year, February Half Term and Easter. These are peak dates so are the most expensive weeks of the season, with half term generally being the most expensive and Easter the cheapest.

For peak dates, it is recommended that you book in advance as accommodation on these dates sell out early especially if you are a big group.

For families with pre-school aged children, we would recommend avoiding the school holiday dates as the slopes will be quieter and travel and accommodation is cheaper.

2. Availability of childcare and ski school

It is likely that you will want to put the children in ski school or need to organise childcare so you will want to choose a resort will plenty of options available and that you book in advance.

3. Easy access to the slopes

The location of your accommodation is key to ensure a hassle free journey to and from the slopes each day. You will ideally want to book a chalet with ski in/ski out access or a very short (ideally flat!) walk to the piste.

Alternatively booking a chalet with a driver service can be ideal and will sometimes be better than having a short walk as the driver will be able to pick you up from your front door and drop you right at the slopes. It is important to note that not all all driver services are consistent so it may be that you have a chalet with a dedicated driver or one that is shared with a few chalets.

4. Suitability of slopes

The ski area is obviously a key factor when choosing the right resort for your family. If the children are first time skiers, you are going to want to pick a resort with a good beginner area.

5. Short airport transfer

Generally speaking, children do not travel well, especially on long mountain roads so you might want to choose a resort with close proximity to an airport to avoid any long and tedious journeys.

6. Non-skiing activities

Children may not want to ski all day and families may want to split their time between the slopes and non-skiing activities so you may want to consider going to a resort where there is more to do than just ski.

Our recommended resorts for families are Avoriaz, La Rosiere, Les Gets, La Plagne, Alpe d’Huez and Meribel.


Couples / Romantic break

With beautiful scenery and chocolate box chalets, ski resorts offer the perfect destination for a romantic getaway. Whether you are looking for a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the town or a candle lit dinner overlooking the mountains, we can recommend the right resort for you.
Our top choices for a romantic ski break are Kitzbuhel, Serre Chevalier, Zermatt, Morzine and Val d’Isere.


Singles

Skiing is a sociable sport enjoyed with friends and family but if you are a super keen skier and don’t have anyone to go with then travelling solo is the way forward.
Finding single accommodation isn’t always straight forward as there are limited chalets and hotels with single rooms and you often end up having to pay a single supplement for occupying a double room. So if you do plan on travelling alone then you will need to book in advanced so that you can secure one of the few single rooms available; alternatively if you wait very last minute, operators will most likely waiver empty bed supplements.
In recent years, several operators are starting to run ‘solo traveller’ weeks where you can stay with like minded singles. Please call for more details of when are where these are taking place.


Corporate

If you are booking a corporate ski trip you will want to choose a resort to suit all ski abilities and that has activities available if there are any non skiers in the group. You will also need to find accommodation that has the capacity for your group numbers as well as any facilities you may require e.g. meeting rooms.
You will also want to choose a resort that is easily accessible as it is likely that you will only be travelling for a short break so you can maximise your time in resort and avoid long transfer journeys.
Our recommended resorts for a corporate break are Chamonix, Morzine, St Anton and Engelberg.


Short transfer

No one really wants to pick a resort with a long transfer time but if you are keen to head to high altitude or glacial resort then travel time will be longer, in general the higher resorts are roughly 3 hours drive from the airport.

If you have young children in the group who don’t travel well or if you are only going for a short period of time then you are ideally going to want to keep your travel time to a minimum.

The resorts with the shortest transfer times are:

From Geneva:

Chamonix - 1hr
Les Gets - 1hr
Morzine - 1hr
Avoriaz - 1hr
Verbier - 1hr50
Courmayeur - 1hr20

From Chambery:

Three Valleys (Meribel, Courchevel, Val Thorens) - 1hr30
Espace Killy (Val d’Isere and Tignes) - 1hr50
Alpe d’Huez - 1hr40

From Grenoble:

Alpe d’Huez - 1hr30h
Les Deux Alpes - 1hr30

From Innsbruck:

St. Anton - 1hr15
Kitzbuhel - 1hr15
Ischgl - 1hr20
Obergurgl - 1hr30

From Friedrichshafen:

Wengen - 1hr
Klosters - 1hr40
St. Anton - 1hr30
Lech 1hr40h

From Turin:

Cervinia - 1hr40
Courmayeur - 1hr50


Weekend break

If you are travelling out to ski for a weekend then you are ideally going to want to head to a resort which has a short transfer time so that you can maximise your time on the slopes.

Resorts such as Morzine and Chamonix offer plenty of short break chalets options and they are only a short 1hr drive from Geneva. Check out our page on transfers to see all the details.


On a budget

If you are looking to keep costs down during your ski trip then the date you choose to travel will be the biggest factor when considering costs. If you can, definitely avoid travelling during school holidays of Christmas, New Year, February half term and Easter as these are the most expensive weeks of the season.

Generally the cheapest month to travel is January but you will quite often get some early season December deals and well as late March and April deals. If you are a large group then booking early is essential and you will be able to benefit from generous early booking and group discounts.

If you are a smaller group of around 2-4 people and you are relatively flexible on type of accommodation and resort then you will be better off waiting for a deal. Many operators will offer flash sale discounts and generally drop their prices 3 weeks prior to departure.

Throughout the season, there are always offers available with savings on accommodation, lift passes and ski hire. Check out our deals page for all the latest offers.


Good value

Finding a good value skiing holiday is relatively tricky as skiing is an expensive holiday! You will often be able to find plenty of deals accommodation as well as discounts on lift passes and ski hire to help you save some cash.

All inclusive hotels such as Club Med can work out really good value. Club Med packages include flights, transfers, accommodation, lift passes, lessons and kids clubs as well as all meals, drinks (all alcohol) and snacks. The only thing that isn’t included is ski hire as many people tend to have their own equipment so Club Med decided not to include it in the package price.

Although the initial package price does seem expensive it does work out amazing value and saves you spending anything whilst out in resort. Considering a beer on the mountain is about 5 euros it does really add up whilst you’re away!


Luxury

Luxury resorts offer a winter haven of stunning chalets and hotels, fabulous shopping, world class eateries and most importantly perfect runs.
We have a large portfolio with some of the most beautiful chalets and hotels in the most prestigious resorts across the Alps.

Our recommended luxury resorts include:

Courchevel 1850:

Courchevel 1850 is the largest and most prestigious villages in the Courchevel valley and offers amazing access to the whole Three Valleys ski domain. The resort boasts well groomed pistes, luxury chalets, Michelin star restaurants and upmarket shops.

Lech:

Lech is a chocolate box alpine village located in the Alberg area. Neighbouring St Anton, the exclusive resort offers the ideal combination of traditional charm with high quality chalets, hotels, restaurants and shops.

Val d’Isere:

Val d’Isere is one of the most famous resorts in the world and boasts an abundance of luxury chalets, shops and restaurants.

Verbier:

Located in the 4 Valleys, Verbier is a stunning Swiss village with some of the best skiing in Europe. Verbier is famous for its luxury boutiques, high quality restaurants and world class après- ski making it one of the most glamorous resorts in the Alps.

Zermatt:

Zermatt is Switzerland’s most famous resort located at the foot of the Matterhorn on the Italian border. The resort has an extensive ski area and boasts stunning scenery from every corner. The mountain village is car free and is home to an array of gourmet restaurants and well known brands.



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